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Colby Lewis picked up his sixth win of the season allowing one run and three hits over seven innings of work. Lewis lowers his ERA to an even 3.00 on the season. Houston got a good start from Dallas Keuchel who made his major league debut allowing four hits and one run in five innings. Fernando Rodriguez was wild and gets tagged with his seventh loss of the season allowing one hit but four runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
Ian Kinsler drove in three runs and had two hits including a triple for the Rangers. Adrian Beltre also had two hits including his 11th home run of the season and drove in two. Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 with one RBI in the victory.
The Texas Rangers will go for the three-game sweep against their interstate rival Houston Astros as manager Ron Washington will send Colby Lewis on the mound to close their American League counterparts out. The Astros will counter with rookie Dallas Keuchel who will make his major league debut with the big club.
Mike Napoli will transition from behind the plate to first base as Yorvit Torrealba will start at catcher on Sunday, and Brandon Snyder will start in right field for David Murphy. Here are the starting lineups for both teams.
Texas Rangers Starting Lineup
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Michael Young (R) 3B
4. Adrian Beltre (R) DH
5. Nelson Cruz (R) LF
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
7. Brandon Snyder (R) RF
8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
9. Craig Gentry (R) CF
Houston Astros Starting Lineup
The Texas Rangers will look to complete a sweep of the Houston Astros for the last time in an interleague series before they become a division rival in the American League next season. Texas took Game 1 on Friday 6-2 and won again on Saturday 8-3.
Colby Lewis will take the mound for the Rangers and look to continue the lights out streak that he has been on. Lewis is 5-5 on the season with a 3.13 ERA and won his previous start against the Astros earlier this season. Lewis allowed four hits and one run in a complete game win over Arizona last time out.
Houston will counter with Dallas Keuchel who will be making his major league debut and taking the spot of injured starter Bud Norris.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 17, 2:05 p.m. CT
Location: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: 103.3 ESPN
Online Streaming: MLB.tv
The Texas Rangers had to bring out Justin Grimm to make his first major league start against the Houston Astros. Grimm got off to the wrong foot as Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hit a solo home run to put the Braves in an early 1-0 deficit.
Grimm calmed down and proceeded to pitch a scores second, third and fourth innings, but in the top of the fifth he allowed two runs and was pulled from the game after completing the sixth. It was looking as if Grimm was going to lose his major league debut, but in the bottom of the sixth inning the Braves offenes got to Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell for five runs.
Texas Rangers All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton has been released from the hospital after spending the night with an intestinal virus he likely caught from his family. Hamilton received fluids overnight to recover and he will be at Rangers Ballpark on Sunday to work out, but he will not be playing in the Houston Astros series.
Hamilton is schedule to fly with the team and expected play against the San Diego Padres for Monday's game. While Hamilton has been out the Rangers called up Triple-A outfielder Leonys Martin to take his place for a few games.
A few days off may actually help Hamilton regroup since he has had a subpar June where he has batted only .196 with one homer and five RBI this month, and this is coming after he was named American League player of the month in April and May.
The Texas Rangers will be starting right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm who is making his first-ever major league on Saturday night against the Houston Astros. The Astros will counter by starting Lucas Harrell who struggles on the road and has a 6.13 ERA away from home.
The Rangers made only two lineup changes for Saturday's game, first they have Mike Napoli catching instead of Yorvit Torrealba, and the other is having Craig Gentry getting the start in centerfield.
The Astros lineup has the same players as Friday night, but they just rearranged their batting lineup.
Justin Grimm will have a tough act to follow. Grimm gets to make his major league debut against the Houston Astros on Saturday night, just one night after Yu Darvish rebounded with an excellent performance in which Darvish struck out 11 and allowed just two runs.
Grimm, who is filling in for the injured Alexi Ogando, who was filling in for the injured Derek Holland, excelled in AA this year, prompting his call up. Through 77 innings in AA, Grimm allowed just 65 hits while walking 14 and striking out 67 -- helping make his sparkling 1.87 ERA possible.
Texas' bats will face off against Lucas Harrell, who comes into the game with a 6-4 record and a 4.83 ERA. Harrell has walked 28 while striking out only 38 in 76.1 innings, so expect plenty of balls in play by the Rangers offense tonight.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Televised coverage can be found on FOX, which blacks out the game on MLB.tv.
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The Texas Rangers used a five-run fifth inning and a solid performance by Yu Darvish to defeat the Houston Astros 6-2. Darvish pitched eight solid innings for the Rangers and held the Astros to seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out 11 batters.
The five-run fifth inning all came against Astros starting pitcher Jordan Lyles. The Rangers used small ball to score the five runs by hitting five straight singles and they used a couple of errors to score their five runs.
The Astros offense was unable to respond to the Rangers big inning, and they only managed to hit a home run by Justin Maxwell in the seventh inning to make it a 5-2 game.
The Rangers put the game away for good when Mitch Moreland provided an insurance run in the eighth inning when he hit his 10th home run of the season.
Rangers starting outfielder Josh Hamilton is not expected to play at all against the Houston Astros since the All-Star player is suffering from an intestinal virus. Hamilton left Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with abdominal pains, and overnight the pain continued so Hamilton was admitted to the hospital Friday morning.
Hamilton is expected to spent about 24 hours in the hospital, and with that news manager Ron Washington is holding Johnson out of the series:
"We're going to miss Hamilton," Washington said Friday afternoon. "But we're going to continue to move forward and play baseball. You don't want your best player out of the lineup but there is nothing we can do about it.
"I'm not expecting him to play [Saturday]. After that we'll wait and see. We've got a day game on Sunday so he's probably gone for the weekend."
The virus was likely caught from his family who had been sick, plus there have been other Rangers who had the same illness so the clubhouse was thoroughly cleaned on Friday to avoid other players from getting ill.
This weekend's series against the Astros will be a preview of future series, in the sense that both will be using a designated hitter. The teams will meet as interleague rivals for the last time, beginning on Friday, and the game's lineups have been announced.
The Texas Rangers are in quite a different situation this season when it comes to health in their pitching rotation. Last season, the defending ALCS champions were able to breeze through the regular and postseason with a healthy five-man rotation in C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando.
This season has taken an unhealthy turn. Ogando was placed on the disabled list earlier this week, joining Holland and Neftali Feliz. Rangers general manger Jon Daniels downplayed any trade ideas with the deadline just over a month away, indicating he'd rather get his guys back healthy before making long-term decisions.
This quote from Daniels via the Fort Wort Star-Telegram:
"Still probably a month away from the trade market heating up, or at least a few weeks. That's not where our mindset is. Our mindset is more to weather the storm and get our guys back and reassess at that point."
Yu Darvish is 2-4 on the road and 5-0 at home so far this season, so the fact he'll start the Rangers' last series of the season with soon-to-be divisional rival Houston in Arlington bodes well for the Rangers.
Texas took two out of three games in Houston earlier this season, and face Jordan Lyles, who gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings against the Rangers in May, and enters the game with a 7.00 ERA.
Date / Time: Friday, June 15, 7:05 p.m. CT
Location: Rangers Ballpark At Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Radio: 103.3 ESPN , 1540am ESPN Deportes
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Timothy De Block of the Crawfish Boxes stops by to help us preview the last interleague series between the Astros and Rangers.
Justin Grimm's debut for the Rangers will come on Saturday, filling in for the injured Alexi Ogando.